The MAD Backyard Ultra is brought to you by the Chattanooga Track Club and the Locomotion Endurance event's race director.
In 2022, MAD backyard ultra was slotted as a bronze ticket event for The Big Dog's Backyard Ultra. Last year's winner earned a free entry into Ohio's Backyard Ultra. in 2023, a course record was set with 132 miles. Participants will run a 4.1667-mile loop every hour until only one person is standing. You have one hour to finish the loop once it has started. If you finish a loop within the hour, you may start the next hour’s loop, provided you are in the start corral when the next hour starts. If you do not finish within the hour, you are out of the race and considered a DNF.
Crew access is available at the start/finish. Tents and Canopies are allowed near the start line.
We will give you a 3 minute, 2 minute, and 1-minute warning to get lined up for the next loop.
All runners are required to be in the starting corral before the top of the hour. Failure to line up in the starting corral will result in disqualification of the runner. Participants must start a new loop at the sounding of the bell starting the loop.
Once you are on the course, you are not allowed any aid from your crew or any other individual. No non-competitors on the course (including eliminated runners). Except for restrooms, competitors may not leave the course until each loop is completed. Runners are responsible for their aid on course. You must be on and stay on the course unless you need to use the bathroom.
No artificial aids (including trekking poles) are allowed.
Once you are back to the start and assuming you have finished within the hour, you may use the bathroom, eat, drink, sleep, ponder the next loop, etc., but you MUST be back in the start corral at the beginning of the hour to continue into the next hour’s loop.
Runners will continue until ONE runner completes a FINAL lap. (i.e. If there are two runners left and one does not complete the loop, then the one that completed the loop will be declared the winner).
No pacers whatsoever.
The MAD race volunteers and workers will provide aid at the start/finish line.
The 4.167-mile trail loop runs through Camp Jordan Park. The loop will consist of the exterior track, gravel, and grass. The course is flat, runnable, and non-technical.
AWARDS / SWAG
The last runner standing will receive a unique award, along with the runner who makes the assist.
All runners will receive a coin for their participation.
All runners will receive a long-sleeve t-shirt with their entry fee. In order to be guaranteed a shirt, all participants must be received by January 13, 2023.
Hotels: There are numerous hotels in the area. However, I have listed 3 for convenience.
Hampton Inn Chattanooga East Ridge 3-star hotel 623 Camp Jordan Pkwy, Chattanooga, TN 37412 (423) 269-6600
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Chattanooga East Ridge 2-star hotel 6650 Ringgold Rd, East Ridge, TN 37412 (423) 760-3120
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chattanooga (East Ridge), an IHG Hotel 2-star hotel 1441 N Smith St, Chattanooga, TN 37412•(423) 308-0111
Camp Jordan allows overnight RV parking. I have several spots available if a participant wants to bring an RV or travel trailer. You must notify the race director if you want to RV camp so the spot can be designated. The free spots are first come, first serve.
323 Camp Jordan Parkway
Event's current local time: 5:34 PM ET
East Ridge TN
Package Pickup will be on Friday, January 20, 2023, at the race site from 5:00 – 6:30 PM and Saturday Morning at the race site from 6:30 – 7:15 AM.